Outdoor Pentecost Service at Four Oaks

Pentecost Sunday was planned as a Local Arrangement at Four Oaks. We decided to use the opportunity to hold our second outdoor service. The sun shone as we set up and as more people arrived, we had to find more chairs!

It was an uplifting service of praise and testimony. To the delight of young and old, a bubble machine reminded us that the Holy Spirit lifts ‘our’ Spirits, makes us joyful and colours our lives.

As we worshipped together we were reminded that our faith and witness in our neighbourhood needs to be ‘outside our church walls’ as much as possible.

MWiB Presidential Inauguration 22nd June 2pm

Methodist Women in Britain: Birmingham District Inauguration of the new President: Jackie Hartley and Vice President: Deacon Marilyn Slowe on Saturday 22nd June 2019. 2pm.

At Catshill Methodist Church, Golden Cross Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove. B61 0LG.

Preacher Rev. Loraine N Mellor: previous President of Conference.

Refreshments will follow the Service. All welcome. 

For further information please contact Kay Davies (kbdavies at hotmail.co.uk)

Foundation Safeguarding Training 25th May at South Parade

The Methodist Church offers two main levels of Safeguarding Training – Foundation and Advance (formerly Leadership). Both come under the heading “Creating Safer Space”.

The Training being run at South Parade at 0930 on Saturday 25th May is Foundation level training, and it is the “Foundation Refresher” course aimed at all those who need a top up having previously done the Foundation Module within the last four years or so.

Who Needs To Attend

Core list – required attendance 

  • Presbyters with an active preaching or pastoral ministry
  • Deacons with an active preaching or pastoral ministry
  • Pre-ordination students and probationers
  • Lay employees and volunteer workers with pastoral responsibility l Pastoral visitors 
  • Anyone working with 0-18 year-olds in the name of the Church
  • Anyone working in activities targeted at adults who are vulnerable (eg luncheon club for the housebound)
  • Church stewards
  • Circuit stewards
  • Local preachers
  • Worship leaders
  • Those training for local preaching or worship leading
  • Church and circuit safeguarding representatives
  • Choir/music group/drama leaders – where there are 0-18 year-olds or vulnerable adults in the group.
  • District staff especially policy committee members, complaints and discipline, mediators
  • Core teaching staff at Methodist Church training institutions
  • Connexional staff with direct safeguarding links (eg children and youth workers)
  • ‘Covenant of Care’ group members
  • Members of the Connexional Complaints Committee
  • Any student who will be undertaking a mission placement
  • Young leaders (ages 16-18)
  • Members of the Safeguarding Committee 

Warmly invited but not mandatory 

  • Evangelism/mission enablers
  • Leaders of other organisations, working with 0-18 year-olds or vulnerable adults, who use church premises
  • Remaining choir/music group/drama leaders
  • Any other group leaders within the church, who may have adults within their particular group who are vulnerable
  • Property stewards and other keyholders
  • Caretakers
  • Church/circuit meeting secretaries
  • Church/circuit/district administrators
  • Remaining district and connexional staff
  • Remaining teaching staff at Methodist Church training institutions 

What Do I Need To Read Beforehand?

It would be a huge help if you could familiarise yourself with the Policies, Procedures and Guidance from the Methodist Church Website. That’s a big document, but it really helps to know what’s in it so that you can refer to it as a resource.

You will all be given a copy of the Foundation Module Handbook, but it wouldn’t hurt to see it beforehand and familiarise yourself with the contents.

How do I Book?

Please book by emailing Nikki Murcott (email address in Circuit Newsletter).